It is a fact that climate change is affecting cities and their residents across the world, and that more severe impacts are expected as extremes events in a city context increase in both frequency and intensity. Cities are major sources of greenhouse gases and major consumers of resources. There is therefore a perceived need to ensure that cities urban regions are able to effectively adapt to and be able to mitigate the various problems climate change is expected to cause to them.
Even though there have been a range of studies on the impacts of climate change to various sectors such as transport, agriculture or ecological zones, there is a paucity of work on its direct impacts to the urban environment. Yet, it is very important to discuss how to take into account the impacts of climate change in the design, development and management of urban areas. This state of affairs illustrates the need for a better understanding of how climate change affects cities and the urban environment, and for the identification of processes, methods and tools which may help municipalities and their citizens to adapt. There is also a perceived need to showcase successful examples of how to cope with the social, economic and political problems posed by climate change to cities, especially the ways to increase their resilience.
It is against this background that the “Symposium on Climate Change Impacts in the Urban Environment: Mitigation and Adaptation Options” is being organized by the Academia de Ingeniería of Mexico, the Research and Transfer Centre “Applications of Life Sciences” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), and the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP). The Symposium will be a truly interdisciplinary event, mobilizing scholars, social movements, practitioners and members of governmental agencies, undertaking research and/or executing climate change projects in cities.
The event will focus on “mitigation and adaptations options to cities” meaning that it will serve the purpose of showcasing experiences from research, field projects and best practice to foster climate change mitigation and adaptation among cities, which may be useful or implemented elsewhere.
Letzte Änderung: 28.11.16
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